Reckless and Negligent Use of Guns by Republicans

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Displaying 21 Scandals
Sorted by When News Broke
  • State Rep. Don Wilson [R-CO]
    left his loaded semiautomatic 9mm handgun behind in a public restroom of the state capitol which sat unattended for nearly 30 minutes before a janitor found it and alerted state troopers
    12 Apr 2024
    According to a report by USA Today
  • Activist Steve Alembik
    shot his wife in her back and arm causing serious injuries and then killed himself while sitting in their car outside a fast-food restaurant
    17 Oct 2023
    According to police records first reported by The Miami Herald
  • State Rep. Richard Impallaria [R-MD]
    illegally possessed two firearms despite being prohibited from handling or owning firearms due to a prior conviction for battery
    18 Apr 2023
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Ronald Andruchuk [2018 RI GOP State Rep. Candidate]
    illegally purchased 211 guns and 25,390 rounds (1,555.8 pounds) of ammunition after lying about his severe drug abuse problem on purchase forms, which he haphazardly stored throughout his property he shared with his wife and three young children and was found by police dressed in a bulletproof vest and tactical gear with four guns and methamphetamine on his person after neighbors reported that he was firing his weapons so recklessly outside his property that he nearly hit multiple innocent bystanders
    18 Jan 2023
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Solomon Peña [2022 GOP NM State Legislator Nominee]
    fired his gun at the home of one of his perceived political enemies and hired four gunmen to conduct drive-by shootings at the homes of three others -- thankfully none of which resulted in anyone being injured -- after losing an election for a seat in the New Mexico House
    16 Jan 2023
    According to acting Alburquerque police commander Kyle Hartsock
  • Wyoming GOP Staffer Nina Webber
    indiscriminately fired dozens of shots across a highway at a group of elk, forcing two people to seek cover as bullets "whizzed" by their heads while they were outside on their private property
    12 Dec 2022
    According to charging documents filed by local officials
  • County Commissioner Ricky Carter [R-GA]
    teamed up with his adult son to brutally assault his own brother-in-law resulting in him needing emergency medical care at a hospital and drew his gun on and threatened to harm a neighbor who attempted to intervene
    26 May 2022
  • Rep. Madison Cawthorn [R-NC]
    attempted to take his loaded handgun onto his airplane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but was stopped by TSA agents who took possession of his weapon and issued him a citation
    26 Apr 2022
    According to an airport spokesperson and reported by mainstream outlets
  • Rep. Madison Cawthorn [R-NC]
    was caught with an unloaded gun and loaded magazine clip in his carryon bag as he was going through security at a regional airport in North Carolina
    31 Jul 2021
    According to an airport spokesperson and reported by mainstream outlets
  • Herschel Walker [2022 GOP GA Senator Nominee]
    pointed a loaded gun against his ex-wife's head and threatened to kill her and her new boyfriend, after which she got a restraining order issued against him
    23 Jul 2021
    According to a police affidavit filed by his ex-wife's sister
  • Rep. Ross Spano [R-FL]
    attempted to take his loaded concealed handgun onto an airplane at Tampa International Airport, but was stopped by airport security and forced to secure it before being allowed to board his flight
    01 Oct 2020
    According to an airport spokesperson and reported by mainstream outlets
  • Montana Right to Life Director Gregg Trude
    carelessly tossed a loaded rifle on the backseat of his truck which accidentally discharged and instantly killed his hunting partner while also being a firearm safety instructor who should have known better
    17 Dec 2018
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • State House Speaker Lee Chatfield [R-MI]
    attempted to board an airplane at Pellston Regional Airport in Michigan with an unregistered loaded handgun he had in a carryon bag and was fined nearly $4,000 by the TSA
    31 Jul 2018
    According to a report filed by TSA in conjunction with local police
  • Judge Guy Williams [R-TX]
    pointed a gun at the driver of a car he was dangerously tailing and tried to run her off the road as he zoomed past her
    04 Nov 2017
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Aide Peter Boby
    was caught with an unregistered firearm and ammunition on US Capitol grounds following a routine car inspection by Capitol police
    04 Aug 2015
    According to a report by CNN
  • Ryan Shucard [Press Secretary]
    attempted to bring an unlicensed concealed handgun and attached magazine into the US Capitol, but was caught by security and arrested
    18 Jul 2014
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • State Rep. Curry Todd [R-TN]
    failed a field sobriety test and refused to submit to a breathalyzer test after being pulled over by police for a suspected DUI upon which they also found a loaded handgun lodged between the driver seat and center console
    18 Jan 2013
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • VP Dick Cheney
    shot his hunting partner Harry Whittington in the face, neck and chest with a 28-gauge shotgun from only 30 yards away which resulted in him being admitted into the ICU at a local hospital and didn't report the shooting publicly for nearly 24 hours and only did so after a local news station reported on the incident
    12 Feb 2006
    According to reporting by mainstream outlets
  • Aide Joshua Wheeler [R-KS]
    attempted to enter the US Capitol with an unregistered handgun that Capitol Police found during a security check
    01 Jun 2005
    According to charging documents filed by Capitol Police
  • Ronald Andruchuk [2018 RI GOP State Rep. Candidate]
    packed two pistols, three rounds of ammunition, and flashlights stuffed with cocaine, amphetamine, and oxycodone into a duffel bag and hid it in the drop ceiling of a men’s bathroom inside a local tractor supply store
    01 Jan 1800
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Ronald Andruchuk [2018 RI GOP State Rep. Candidate]
    packed two pistols, three rounds of ammunition, and flashlights stuffed with cocaine, amphetamine, and oxycodone into a duffel bag and hid it in the drop ceiling of a men’s bathroom inside a local tractor supply store
    01 Jan 1800
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials